10 essential items you need to create a natural medicine cabinet & how to use them

by 05/25/15   filed under: green baby, green family, green kids, health & body

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Set sail for a summer of fun with nautical alphabet blocks

by 05/25/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green gifts, green kids, green toys, kids entertainment

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Uncle Goose‘s new set of nautical blocks are made from sustainable U.S. beechwood with child-friendly, non-toxic inks — and the kid in us is excited to get our hands on them. The set includes 26 letters of the alphabet, and the learning continues on all the other block sides with brightly colored geometric maritime signal flags, the alphabet in Morse code, and NATO phonetic alphabet words (think delta for “d”, tango for “t”). There are also real flag semaphore signals for conveying information at a distance, and each block contains a handy dandy depiction for tying a specific kind of knot. We often say that blocks will keep kids busy for hours, and that’s never been truer with this set: little ones will still love stacking and sorting, but older family members will get a kick out of practicing some of the flag hand signals or learning a new knot. The set comes with a canvas carrying bag, so feel free to bring the blocks when you go out boating (or just out to dinner).

+ Nautical blocks $48.00

 

California’s mandatory vaccination bill SB277 violates parental rights and freedom of choice

by 05/24/15   filed under: education, green baby, green education, green family, green kids, kids health, news, parenting

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We reported last month on a proposed bill in California that would make child vaccinations a requirement for attendance in public and private schools. Following the news that the Senate passed the bill on May 14 in a 25-10 vote, the heated debate surrounding the issue has greatly intensified. Many people are arguing about the potential health risks associated with un- or under-vaccinated children matriculating in schools, but at the heart of this controversy is something wholly separate from epidemiology. It is, in fact, a question of which (if any) decisions the government should be able to remove from parents when it comes to how children are raised. It will be up to the California Assembly to determine what happens next.

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Florida judge forces mother to consent to the circumcision of her 4 year-old son against her will

by 05/23/15   filed under: green family, green kids, kids health, news, parenting

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In Florida yesterday, (May 22), a judge sentenced a four year-old boy named Chase to a circumcision. Heather Hironimus, the boy’s mother, lost a months-long court battle and was ultimately unable to protect her son from a needless and potentially dangerous medical procedure, all because the boy’s father wants it done. Hironimus, 31, has been jailed since May 14 after nearly three months of hiding with her son in a domestic violence shelter, in a desperate attempt to keep him intact. A week later, May 22, she was forced to consent to a procedure she did not agree to in order to regain her freedom and custody of her son. Reportedly, she will be released from jail and reunited with her son soon.

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GUIDE: 22 BPA-free popsicle molds for making all kinds of delicious homemade popsicles

by 05/22/15   filed under: gear for parents, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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Antibiotic use in infants linked to a variety of health issues in later life

by 05/22/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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When our little ones are feeling ill, our main priority is to get them better and back to their normal, cartwheeling, bouncing, running around selves. Many parents (and children’s doctors) turn first to antibiotics as a treatment catch-all when kids are under the weather. A recent study, published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, cautions that antibiotic use may indeed be linked to bacterial gut imbalance in infants that persists as they grow, as well as a number of other allergies, diseases (including infectious and auto-immune), and metabolic issues later in life.

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James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

by 05/22/15   filed under: education, green design, green kids

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Lots of men give their wives flowers on their birthday, but those flowers aren’t usually comprised of solar cells. Acclaimed film director James Cameron gifted his wife Suzy Amis Cameron a ‘bouquet’ of five great big photovoltaic Sun Flowers on the grounds of the MUSE School, which she co-founded in southern California. The flowers, which Cameron designed over the course of three years, represent a step forward for the school, which was founded with a mission of sustainability.

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8 dangerous excuses parents make for not using enough sunscreen

by 05/21/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body

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Kutikai fashions playful, modern furniture for kids

Kutikai fashions playful, modern furniture for kids

Kutikai Origins Friends Mary and Dorothy met “a long time ago while studying architecture in Krakow.” They then became interested in children’s…

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TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

Philanthropic business TOMS has donated shoes to those in need, helped provide sight-saving surgeries, glasses, and medicine, supported safe water systems in developing countries, and…

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Six largest school districts in the U.S. are ditching polystyrene trays for eco-friendly, compostable plates

Six largest school districts in the U.S. are ditching polystyrene trays for eco-friendly, compostable plates

Today, the nation’s six largest school districts made a stunning step forward for eco-friendly student dining. The Urban School Food Alliance—a coalition of school districts in…

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HOW TO: Make nut-free sesame & cauliflower crackers

HOW TO: Make nut-free sesame & cauliflower crackers

1. Gather the ingredients 1/2 medium cauliflower 3 tbsp of buckwheat groats 5 tbsp of flax 3 tbsp of olive oil 1 tbsp of lemon juice a pinch of lemon zest 1 tsp of sea salt 1/4…

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British toy company debuts 'Dolls with Disabilities' so differently-abled kids can 3D print customized dolls in their likeness

British toy company debuts 'Dolls with Disabilities' so differently-abled kids can 3D print customized dolls in their likeness

British toy company Makies is changing the way dolls are sold, with their new Toy Like Me campaign that allows children with disabilities to custom-create dolls that look like them.…

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'The Garden Ape' is a magical short film created to inspire people to grow wilder gardens

'The Garden Ape' is a magical short film created to inspire people to grow wilder gardens

Gardens are not only the birthplace of physical nourishment and sustenance, they are also the backdrop for relaxation, inspiration, adventure and meditation. For these reasons,…

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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study…

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10 enchanting gardens around the world

10 enchanting gardens around the world

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK While the “Lost Gardens” sound mysterious, the reason for their fall into disrepair for much of the 20th century is sadly…

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Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

1. Buckwheat Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually wheat or even a grain at all. It’s a plant, and its grain-like seeds are eaten (some call it a pseudocereal). Rich in…

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Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

The River Twin Bed by Oeuf features clean lines and an awesome space-saving design. Kids will adore the little bench perched at the foot of the bed which offers a place to read, relax…

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